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PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro Integration Delivers Industry-Leading, High Throughput Virtual Network Infrastructure for Public and Private Clouds

OpenStack Summit – PLUMgrid, the leader in Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI) for public and private clouds, and Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center services and storage systems, today announced performance benchmarking results from the PLUMgrid IO Visor™ and Mellanox ConnectX®-3 Pro integration. The combined solution delivers an industry-leading traffic processing rate of 40 Gbps per server.

The benchmarking results show that the PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro integration resolves the longstanding performance and CPU utilization bottlenecks in cloud overlay networks. The tests demonstrated the ability to scale PLUMgrid’s Virtual Domains™ and their distributed network functions on top of a VXLAN-based overlay with the hardware assist capabilities of Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro. The combined solution provides the advanced networking features, performance, scalability and flexibility needed for today’s private and public clouds.

“PLUMgrid and Mellanox teamed up to deliver the fastest cloud networking solution to enable customers to build rich, fast, efficient and scalable OpenStack solutions,” said Pere Monclus, Co-Founder and CTO, PLUMgrid. “It is the architecture of choice, combining rich, scalable on-demand multi-tenant network services from PLUMgrid with powerful hardware acceleration from Mellanox. The result is the lowest CPU utilization and highest throughput in the industry for large-scale public and private clouds.”

The PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite is a secure virtual networking product for large-scale OpenStack clouds. Built using PLUMgrid Platform and IO Visor technology, it provides a simple-to-deploy and easy-to-use solution to build cloud infrastructure at scale to offer secure, multi-tenant network services to OpenStack cloud users. Based on a highly automated workflow, the PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite enables applications and users to deploy private Virtual Domains in seconds without changing the physical network fabric.

Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro is the industry’s first network adapter IC and card with hardware offload engines that support virtualized overlay networks commonly used in cloud infrastructures. Featuring hardware offload support for VXLAN and NVGRE, ConnectX-3 Pro enables cloud providers to build large-scale infrastructures with industry-leading performance and dramatically lower CPU overhead, thus reducing cloud application cost and increasing cloud ROI.

“A key benefit of overlay networks is the potential to improve efficiency and reduce the cost to deploy and manage virtual machines,” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “However, careful consideration of hardware and software virtualization infrastructure is required to realize this potential, without adversely affecting application performance. The combination of Mellanox’s overlay network offload engines on the ConnectX-3 Pro card and PLUMgrid IO Visor allows IT organizations to rapidly deploy public and private clouds at scale, while delivering four times the throughput with virtually no impact to CPU utilization.”

For more information on the performance benchmark and test environment for the combined PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro solution, download the whitepaper, “A High-Performance Virtual Network Infrastructure with PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro,” here.

To preview and discuss the benchmarking results, visit PLUMgrid (Booth # E11) and Mellanox (Booth # E20) May 12-14 at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, GA.

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.

About PLUMgrid

PLUMgrid provides secure virtual network infrastructure for private and public clouds. The PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite, featuring the unique Virtual Domains™, is a distributed software suite that gives cloud operators the ability to build a scalable cloud infrastructure and offer secure, multi-tenant, advanced network services to applications and users. Founded in 2011, PLUMgrid is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and is funded by top-tier venture and strategic investors. For more information on PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite, the PLUMgrid Platform, Virtual Domains and IO Visor™ visit www.plumgrid.com, and follow us on Twitter @PLUMgrid.

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